Tenth fruit fly found in Auckland

RESTRICTIONS: A sign in the Auckland suburb of Sandringham warns people to be on the lookout for fruit fly

But the Ministry of Primary Industries is still confident it's dealing with a localised population.

Tonga bans Auckland fruit imports

Fruit fly No 8 found in Auckland

Grape plantings soar

ON THE UP: Grape plantings have boomed since the early 2000s.

11 min ago  The New Zealand area planted in wine grapes has increased by 100 per cent in the last 12 years.

Seeka sees PSA effect fade

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A packing worker in the Seeka packhouse in Te Puke stacking kiwifruit for export to Australia.

5:23 PM  NZ's largest kiwifruit grower's profit jumps 38 per cent after several years of poor returns.

8 things about the Dorset horn

The Dorset horn is now a rare breed in NZ, an all-round meat and wool producer that is no longer a commercial animal.

5:17 PM  The Dorset horn sheep is a rare breed, but an important stock for two gentlemen farmers.

Changing guard at Smedley

SEEKING NEW CHALLENGES: Terry and Judy Walters were only nine years older than the oldest cadet at Smedley when they started as managers.

With the farm cadet scheme in good heart, the station's managers are keen to take up a new challenge.

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opinion

Editorial: Raising superann age a tough call

Big banks will resist moves to make compulsory comprehensive credit reporting.

National Superannuation brought big changes to the way New Zealand provides pensions for the elderly.

There's a better way for councils to use Overseer

OPINION: An 'empowering and collaborative, not dictatorial' approach to improving water quality.

Desperate for a drop to drink

Just how far can Overseer be trusted?

dairy

Drought message: Stay positive, keep motivated

Cole Groves gives credit to an extra water source helping the family’s dairying business maintain milk production.

By good management and fortuitous leasing of land, the Groves are making the most of a tough dairying season.

Dairy women look to future

NZ's leading female dairy farmers will come together in Invercargill next month to discuss strategies and plan for the industry's future.

DairyNZ scientist Kevin Macdonald, left, and Waimate West Demonstration Farm supervisor Joe Clough speak at the farm’s summer field day about the chicory crop eaten by the  herd of jersey cows.

Trial reveals feed profitability

The profitability of planting a quarter of a Taranaki demonstration farm in crops in a three-year trial will be assessed early next season.

beef

Changing guard at Smedley

SEEKING NEW CHALLENGES: Terry and Judy Walters were only nine years older than the oldest cadet at Smedley when they started as managers.

With the farm cadet training scheme in good heart after 19 years, the station's managers are keen to take up a new challenge.

Strategic location move pays off

Angus stud breeders Steve and Jenny Herries took their shop window to a high-traffic area.

GREEN GREEN HILLS OF HOME: Increasing pasture and forage growth boosts farm profitability.

Boosting pasture makes sense

We all know the old adage ­ you get out what you put in ­ and nowhere is that more evident on a daily basis than on the farm.

Sheep

Shearing legend David Fagan about to hang up clippers

World famous shearer David Fagan, who is planning on retiring this year, aged 53, competes in the Open heats of Gore's Southern Shears 50th anniversary event.

David Fagan is one of the country's top sportsmen but after more than 30 years of competition he has decided to hang up the handpiece.

A barking mad sheep video

Richard the sheep has managed to pull the wool over his doggy pals' eyes.

Winton farmer Todd Anderson with his Southdown rams.

Record price for ram 'humbling'

A Southdown ram has sold for $15,000 - a New Zealand record across all ram breeds this year.

cropping

Grape plantings soar

ON THE UP: Grape plantings have boomed since the early 2000s.

10 min ago  The New Zealand area planted in wine grapes has increased by 100 per cent in the last 12 years.

Breeding oomph back into apples

Roxy and Big Daddy are set to make it big. They are colourful characters, and tasty.

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A packing worker in the Seeka packhouse in Te Puke stacking kiwifruit for export to Australia.

Seeka profit up as PSA effect fades

5:23 PM  NZ's largest kiwifruit grower's profit jumps 38 per cent after several years of poor returns.

agribusiness

Tenth fruit fly found in Auckland

RESTRICTIONS: A sign in the Auckland suburb of Sandringham warns people to be on the lookout for fruit fly

But the Ministry of Primary Industries is still confident it's dealing with a localised population.

Case for Rangitata irrigation lake grows stronger

A new man-made lake to provide drought-safe irrigation water for Mid and South Canterbury is expected to be bankrolled by borrowed bank money and farmers.

Field work: Grass seed sales are up from the regrassing of drought-singed pastures.

Regrassing boosts demand for seeds

A silver lining from two years of North Island drought is demand for Canterbury seed increasing from farmers regrassing parched paddocks.

Discovery

Helping grow the 'golden goose'

Dairy SolutioNZ chief executive Derek Fairweather at his lifestyle block home south of Hamilton with his bull and heifers bred for heat tolerance.

New Zealand knows how to produce large amounts of animal protein cheaply.

Mutual gains from project

New Zealand sheep research is being helped by Massey University's relationships in China.

A farmer scans cattle tagged for lifetime traceability through NAIT.

Tagged stock have added value - NAIT

Tagging and registering all cattle and deer will be a significant boon to farmers and the NZ economy, says system's administrators.

rural women

Dairy women look to future

Alexandra dairy nutritionist Andrea Murphy has been nominated for the Dairy Woman of the Year award.

NZ's leading female dairy farmers will come together in Invercargill next month to discuss strategies and plan for the industry's future.

Set for tough contest

Olivia Ross will be giving it her best shot when she competes in the Otago-Southland regional final of the Young Farmer Contest.

Keri Johnston is a supreme winner of the Enterprising New Zealand Rural Women Awards with business partner Haidee McCabe.

Environment plan template gets big tick

Meeting tighter environmental regulations has just got easier for Canterbury farmers.

Video

Kiwi in $3.5b African fight

Stephen Jennings, who made billions in Russia, tries to save multi-billion Kenyan development.

advice

The journey to recovery

Doug Avery has told the story of his journey to recovery, sustainable farming and mental resilience up and down the land.

Farming transformation guru Doug Averyis has a new weapon against rural depression, farming calamities and under-performance.

More optimism over seed crop yields

Meyrick Hawkins is chuffed by the yields coming off the first feed wheat and grass seed crops of the harvest, even if the clover seed crop was a bit off the mark.

PESTt: High populations of black beetles are starting to be seen on Waikato pastures.

Dry weather boosts black beetle danger

Cold late spring weather stops black beetle populations but numbers could be on the increase as the dry sets in.

aquaculture

Fish project disputed

Hand feeding in the NZ King Salmon hatchery at Takaka. The Nelson-based company is leading a new $5.2m public/private salmon feed research programme.

Sustain our Sounds says it's outrageous taxpayers would have to pick up a $2.6m tab to fund research for a Malaysian company.

Pelorus marine farm gains extension

A marine farm in the Pelorus Sound has been granted an extension despite opponents saying it would create a race for space.

Commercial Dump of Fish

'It was leakage' video

About 45 kilograms of fish were lost as a result of 'leakage', not deliberate dumping, a commercial fishing company says.

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